When packing for a cruise, choose a combination of formal and dressy-casual clothing along with sweaters, jackets, hats and sandals. Additional items should include causal wear appropriate for the weather, a swimsuit cover-up for women, swimsuits, gym clothes and plenty of extra underwear. Be aware that some cruise lines work with a strict dress code.
Women should bring several formal outfits ranging from cocktail attire to black-tie attire for formal nights. For daytime and on-shore dress, pack some slacks, sun dresses, jeans and t-shirts. Men should pack a tuxedo or business suit for formal nights along with khakis, sports shirts, polo shirts and other resort wear for daytime fashion. Men and women alike should pack shorts, tank tops and swimsuits for hanging around the gym or the pool. More casual or less casual attire may be appropriate depending on the cruise.
For warm-weather cruises, pack a rain coat and a sun hat for walking on the deck, and remember to bring accessories such as sunglasses and a beach bag. For cold-weather cruises, bring warm hats, a scarf, jackets and closed-toe shoes. Find out what activities are available on the cruise ship to discover whether other types of outfits are appropriate, and don't forget to bring several pairs of shoes for matching different outfits.